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    Iraq: Bird flu blamed for deaths of tens of thousands of chickens

    Local authorities said a buffer zone was being imposed on the infected region

    By Alex MacDonald[/SIZE]
    Published date: 15 January 2021 17:29 UTC | Last update: 56 mins 46 secs ago


    An outbreak of bird flu was responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of chickens in central Iraq, officials said on Friday.



    A spokesperson for the governor of Salahuddin province told reporters that laboratory tests had confirmed that the mass death of poultry in a field in Samarra district was due to bird flu.
    "The governor of Salahuddin calls on poultry owners and citizens in Samarra to take the highest degree of caution against bird flu, and affirms imposing a health buffer zone around poultry fields," said the spokesperson.
    Local media outlets had previously broadcast footage showing the mass burials of chickens in the provin..https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/i...sands-chickens
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    Iraq .. Detection of bird flu in Salah al-Din Governorate
    Posted: 15.01.2021 | 17:58 GMT |
    Arab world news Iraq .. Detection of bird flu in Salah al-Din Governorate Poultry farms
    The Governor of Salah al-Din Ammar Jabr Khalil announced that 60,000 chickens in Samarra district had been infected with the bird flu virus, scientifically known as H5N5, warning of its transformation to H5N1, which may be transmitted between humans.

    Iraq .. bird flu detection in Salah al-Din Governorate Iraq .. bird flu case detected in Nineveh Governorate Khalil said, "60,000 laying hens were infected with bird flu in two sites in Samarra district, and the specialized health teams took the necessary measures and executed the infected birds." Khalil called on farmers in the governorate to "pay attention and take the necessary measures, as this virus that infected poultry is H5N5 and may turn into H5N1." He pointed out that "the last virus may be transmitted between humans, and therefore we will take immediate measures to address the situation and eliminate the virus." Source: "Alsumaria News"https://arabic.rt.com/middle_east/11...F%D9%8A%D9%86/
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      An Iraqi governorate records 60,000 bird flu cases Al-Ain News - Ali Al-Suwaidi
      Friday 1/15/2021 09:03 PM Abu Dhabi time
      The governor of the Iraqi province of Salah al-Din, Ammar al-Jaber, announced on Friday that 60,000 chickens had been infected with bird flu in Samarra, north of the capital, Baghdad. The governor said, in media statements, that "60,000 chickens have been infected with bird flu in Samarra," noting that "a 3-km buffer zone has been imposed for poultry in Samarra to avoid transmitting the virus." The governor explained that "these chickens are of the white type and the danger lies here to affect the local market by the low rate of production of this food," noting that "health teams from the ministries of health and environment and agriculture will arrive in Samarra to closely follow the matter."...https://al-ain.com/article/birdflu-iraq-epidemic
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        Exemption of a government official in Salah al-Din from his post A + A- Rudaw

        Two days after it was announced that 60,000 chickens were infected with bird flu in Samarra district in Salah al-Din Governorate, one of the district's poultry witnessed the death of thousands of chickens on Sunday morning.
        The Rudaw Media Network photographer, Blend Taher, went to a poultry in Samarra and sent a group of pictures showing thousands of chickens after their death, at a time when the competent veterinary teams took samples and sent them to Baghdad laboratories to examine them and confirm the cause of death.
        This poultry field, which was caught by bird flu, is located in the Glam region, east of Samarra, and contains about 25,000 chickens, of which 7,000 died today. A spokesman for the Crisis Cell in Salah al-Din Governorate, Jamal Akab, told Rudaw that 100,000 chickens had been executed in Samarra after the outbreak of bird flu, indicating the readiness to eliminate the focus of the disease.
        Regarding the rest of the government measures, the cell’s spokesman stated that all poultry were fumigated for a distance of 3 km with sterile materials. For his part, the owner of the poultry field indicated that he is forced to execute the rest of the chickens in the field, indicating that this matter will cause him material losses of not less than 100 million dinars.

        The first Friday, the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture announced that all preventive measures have been taken to contain the focus of bird flu infection in the Samarra district in Salah al-Din, where 60,000 chickens were infected with the disease, indicating that it was prohibited to import live and frozen chickens due to the spread of this type of influenza in neighboring countries.
        The Veterinary Department met with the bird flu committee in the presence of the ministry’s advisor for livestock activity, after noticing the emergence of an infection hotspot in two poultry fields in Samarra. For a quick examination for the purpose of investigation and detection of the disease, and sending veterinary teams from the Veterinary Department to the Veterinary Hospital in Salah al-Din, with the mobilization and the duration of the laboratories 100%, and the continuation of investigation and monitoring campaigns in all governorates and the provision of a number of field and laboratory diagnosis.
        According to the Animal Health Organization, the disease has spread in most countries, including neighboring countries, and the Ministry called on all owners of poultry fields to take biosecurity measures to protect poultry fields from infection. Yesterday, the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture denied any infection with bird flu in the Kurdistan Region, and the ministry’s spokesman, Hamid Al-Nayef, said in a statement to Rudaw Media Network, that Kurdistan Region has not recorded any case of bird flu (H5N8) so far. It is scheduled that the Ministry of Agriculture in the Kurdistan Region will hold a meeting today, to determine the preventive measures that must be taken, to prevent the disease from reaching the region.https://www.rudaw.net/arabic/middleeast/iraq/170120213
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          7,000 chickens died in Samarra due to "bird flu"
          Ali Al-Karmali January 12, 2021

          7,000 chickens died in a poultry field in the district of Samarra in Salah al-Din Governorate, northern Iraq, today, Sunday. The poultry field is located in Glam, east of Samarra, as it contained / 25 / thousand chickens, and this death occurred after the announcement of the infection of / 60 / thousand chickens with “bird flu” in Samarra.

          In the context, the spokesman for the Crisis Cell in Salah al-Din confirmed, “Jamal Okab” with a press statement: “The execution of / 100 / thousand chickens in Samarra after the spread of“ bird flu ”in preparation for eliminating the focus of the disease. It is noteworthy that the office of the Governor of Salah al-Din “Ammar al-Jabr” indicated yesterday, Saturday, in a brief statement that: “Laboratory tests have proven that poultry in Samarra have been infected with bird flu.”

          The governor also called, according to the statement: "Poultry owners and citizens in Samarra to take the highest degree of caution against bird flu," while stressing: "Imposing a healthy isolation zone around poultry fields." For his part, a spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Hamid Al-Nayef, said in a press statement: "The veterinary quarantines have moved to cordon off the place, limit it, and take appropriate measures." Note that “bird flu” is an infectious viral disease that affects animals in general, and domestic birds in particular, and causes the death of infected birds within days. It is noteworthy that the Iraqi authorities executed millions of poultry last year, following the outbreak of "bird flu" in poultry fields in the northern and eastern provinces of the country.https://7al.net/2021/01/17/%D9%86%D9...lkarmaly&slide
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            Iraq scrambles to contain bird flu outbreak among livestock

            AFP
            Monday 18 January 2021

            An outbreak of bird flu has killed tens of thousands of hens in a rural province north of Iraq’s capital, decimating livelihoods overnight as authorities scramble to contain its spread.

            Near the town of Samarra, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, Haytham al-Hamash’s coops have become graveyards.

            Masked workers step around a few live hens to pick out the dead birds lying on their sides, tossing them into the back of a truck with a loud thud.

            “Right now, chickens are dying and we can’t do anything for them,” Hamash told AFP.


            His coops have been surrounded by makeshift trenches to keep infected chickens from escaping, as veterinarians in white suits examine the remaining flock.

            The outbreak of avian influenza in the northern province of Salahaddin began on Thursday. By Friday, at least 60,000 chickens had contracted it, the governor announced.

            But Samarra’s chicken farmers say their losses have been much higher.

            “We lost nearly 190,000 chickens,” Hamash said.

            Another farmer, Fuad Barhan, claimed authorities had not been able to support all the coops
            .

            “We went to the health ministry and they didn’t give us anything. The vaccine, H5, is not available. So the chickens are just left to die,” he said....
            https://english.alarabiya.net/en/New...mong-livestock

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              Poultry in Iraq-
              -04-17-2016 (France Press) Rapid spread of infection in poultry (Getty) + Line - Today, Monday, an official in the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture announced to Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that a new number of poultry had been destroyed in several farms in Salah al-Din Governorate, one day after the announcement of the execution of more than 60,000 chickens, as part of relentless efforts to curb the spread of the influenza virus.

              Bird that appeared in the province. This new crisis has put poultry farmers in Iraq facing huge losses that may reach millions of dollars. The Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture confirmed, earlier that foci of bird flu infection were discovered in poultry fields in Samarra, in Salah al-Din Governorate, and said that it had "taken all preventive measures to contain the foci." A ministry statement said that its teams exterminated the chickens in the "halls infected with the disease", closed them and sterilized them, as they were conducting preventive checks for the neighboring fields.
              The ministry said that this disease "has spread to most countries, including neighboring countries," calling for preventing the entry of live and frozen chickens from neighboring countries. The official at the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed to Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that a ban was imposed on all forms of poultry from Salah al-Din to other governorates. It is likely that the epidemic had moved from Iran, which also recorded infections a few days before the discovery of injuries in Iraq.
              .. For his part, the veterinarian from Salah El-Din Governorate, Mamoun Al-Kelidar, said that the detected bird flu infections do not pose a threat to humans, but are highly prevalent and affect birds. "The discovered virus is from the (H5N8) category, and it does not transmit to humans, as there are only two out of 20 categories that are transmitted to it, which are the (H7N9) and (H5N1) categories, and that category was identified in the capital's laboratories. Baghdad, "pointing out that"https://www.alaraby.co.uk/economy/%D...AE%D9%85%D8%A9
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              • #8
                The year 2021, its appearance says it will be full of events ... An Iraqi medical source said, on Sunday, that dozens of sheep have died in Nineveh Governorate, while the local government has decided to prevent the entry of poultry in order not to expose livestock to the risk of bird flu ...
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                  Bird flu kills 110,000 chickens in Samarra

                  9 hours agoHiwa Hussamadin


                  SAMARRA, Iraq — Bird flu is killing hundreds of thousands of chickens in Salahaddin's Samarra.

                  The disease, also known as the avian influenza, has swept through local farms.

                  "Initially, infections started slowly. The flu then spread rapidly and reached a level that, within four days, only 2,000 chickens were left," said chicken farmer Ihsan Mahmood.

                  Samarra's mayor Mahmood Khalaf told Rudaw that 111,000 chickens have died.

                  "There might be more infections, and a higher death toll. Most of the deaths are in the al-Jazeera area, and our teams are there now."


                  ...
                  Doctors have tested farm workers to see if the virus can be transmitted to humans.

                  "We have come here to get samples from workers at the chicken farms and send them to the general laboratory in Baghdad, so we can be sure whether or not it can be transmitted to humans,"
                  said Dr Sajad Kadhim of Samarra's health directorate. ....https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/18012021
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                  • #10
                    Iraq discovers a hotbed of a highly contagious strain of bird flu
                    Wednesday - 7 Jumada II 1442 AH - January 20, 2021 AD
                    The World Organization for Animal Health said today, Wednesday, that Iraq has reported the discovery of an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu in the central city of Samarra. In a report published on its website, the organization quoted the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture as saying that the virus was discovered on January 12 (January) on a farm about 130 km north of the capital Baghdad and resulted in the death of 63,700 birds out of a total of 68,800 birds on the farm. She added that the rest of the birds had been culled.https://aawsat.com/home/article/2754...8A%D9%88%D8%B1
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                    • #11
                      They say it's under control and over, go back to eating chickens and eggs. Keep wild birds away from poultry flock even if you have to shoot them.
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                      • #12
                        Bird flu decimates chicken coops in Iraq

                        OMAN OBSERVER
                        PUBLISHED: 12:22 AM, MAY 05, 2021

                        ...
                        Near the town of Samarra, about 100 kilometres north of Baghdad, Haytham al Hamash?s coops have become graveyards.
                        ...
                        The outbreak of avian influenza in the northern province of Salahaddin began on Thursday. By Friday, at least 60,000 chickens had contracted it, the governor announced.

                        But Samarra?s chicken farmers say their losses have been much higher.

                        ?We lost nearly 190,000 chickens??, Hamash said....

                        https://www.omanobserver.om/article/...-coops-in-iraq
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                          Source: https://middle-east-online.com/

                          A viral epidemic is implicated in the culling of thousands of poultry birds in Iraq
                          The Iraqi authorities announce the elimination of thousands of poultry in Baghdad, Anbar, Wasit and Basra due to exposure to viral infections.
                          Sunday 06/06/2021

                          Baghdad - The Iraqi authorities announced, on Sunday, the execution of thousands of poultry in 4 provinces due to "viral infections", without mentioning the type of virus.
                          The four governorates are Baghdad, Anbar (west), Wasit and Basra (south), according to the official Iraqi News Agency, which said that the outbreak of the viral epidemic (it was not named) had been controlled, with the exception of Basra governorate.
                          The agency quoted the director of the veterinary hospital in Basra Governorate, Riyad Muhammad, as saying that "more than 45 thousand chickens were destroyed in a poultry field in the Zubair district, and there are cases of death of other poultry located in the rest of the fields in southwest Basra."
                          Meanwhile, spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Hamid Al-Nayef, said that "all poultry houses infected with the disease (in the four governorates) were destroyed", without mentioning a number.
                          Al-Nayef confirmed in a statement to the official agency that "the foci of the virus have been controlled, in Baghdad, Anbar and Wasit, as thousands of chickens were culled, except for Basra, which is still being worked on to inventory the final statistics."
                          Avian influenza, known as (H5N1), is an infectious viral disease that affects animals in general and domestic birds in particular, and causes the death of infected birds within days.
                          In recent months, the World Organization for Animal Health announced that Iraq had reported the discovery of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of bird flu in the central city of Samarra.
                          The Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture said at the time that the infection was transmitted to chickens from wild birds that came from outside the country.
                          The ministry said that the disease "spread in most countries, including the regional neighbors," and called at the time to prevent the entry of live and frozen chicken from neighboring countries.
                          Director of the Teaching Hospital in Salah al-Din Ihsan Khaled Suleiman reassured the Iraqis by saying that the strain of bird flu that appeared in Samarra's poultry fields is not transmitted to humans, stressing that "dangerous strains of it have not appeared so far."
                          In June 2019, the Iraqi authorities executed millions of domestic animals, following the outbreak of the bird flu virus in poultry fields in the northern and eastern governorates of the country.

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                          Source: https://baghdadtoday.news/news/15541...7%D8%B1%D9%8A-

                          The cadres of a veterinary hospital in Basra entered the state of extreme alert due to bird flu
                          06/06/2021 09:58
                          Baghdad today - Basra

                          Today, Sunday, the staff of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Basra announced a state of extreme alert to investigate bird flu in markets and fields.

                          A statement by the hospital, received by (Baghdad today), stated that "all cadres in the hospital and its veterinary clinics in the districts and sub-districts were mobilized by forming veterinary teams to monitor and investigate other cases of bird flu in the markets and poultry fields."

                          He added, "This step comes after the emergence of a positive case of the H5N8 bird flu virus in one of the laying hens breeding fields in the Khor Al-Zubair district, and the results were negative and there were no other infections until the news was published."

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                            The loss of hundreds of thousands of chickens .. The discovery of a second infection with bird flu in Basra

                            20 hours ago

                            Rudaw Digital

                            The director of the Safwan district, in the Basra governorate, southern Iraq, demanded the immunity, according to the discovery of a second case of bird flu in the governorate, pointing out that hundreds of thousands of chickens were infected with the aforementioned disease.

                            Al-Hasuna told Rudaw Media Network today, Monday (June 7, 2021), that "a second infection with bird flu was discovered in the Safwan district, after the first infection that was discovered in the Khor Al-Zubair area."

                            He pointed out that "the amount of chickens newly infected with bird flu is estimated at 350 thousand chickens," explaining that "the results of infection with bird flu have been proven, so the field in which the new infection appeared was quarantined, until the infected chickens were buried, according to the established contexts."

                            It is noteworthy that the director of the Livestock Department in Basra Governorate, Haider Adnan, told Rudaw Media Network on Saturday (June 5, 2021), that a poultry farm in the Safwan district of Basra governorate witnessed the death of 60,000 chickens, as a result of bird flu infection.

                            Adnan explained that the injuries appeared in one field in the Safwan district, and they were confirmed after taking samples and examining them in the capital, Baghdad, noting that the dead chickens were buried, and a cordon was placed around the place at a distance of seven kilometers.

                            However, the spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, Hamid Al-Nayef, told Rudaw Media Network on Saturday (June 5, 2021), that "the reason for the death of chickens is the import of beaten Turkish chickens, through smuggling," noting that "many poultry owners do not raise chickens, Rather, they import Turkish chickens through smuggling, on the grounds that they are ready for spawning.”

                            Al-Naif pointed to the death of thousands of chickens in Basra and Fallujah, attributing this to smuggling of Turkish-milled chickens into Iraq.

                            The Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture announced at the beginning of the current year 2021, the destruction of a number of poultry in several farms in Salah al-Din Governorate, one day after announcing the killing of more than 60,000 chickens, due to bird flu infection.
                            ...

                            https://www.rudaw.net/arabic/business/07062021

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                            For the first time since 2019, Iraq announces the emergence of an outbreak of bird flu

                            A day after the authorities announced the execution of thousands of poultry in 4 governorates, including Basra, due to infection with a virus, the type of which the authorities did not reveal.

                            07.06.2021

                            Iraq
                            Baghdad / Ibrahim Saleh / Anatolia

                            The Iraqi authorities announced the emergence of a focus of the bird flu virus, for the first time since 2019.

                            The government cell for the follow-up of bird flu in Basra Governorate (south), said in a statement seen by Anatolia, that it had detected a new focus of the bird flu virus in a poultry field in Jabal Sanam area, south of the province.

                            She added: "An emergency meeting will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) to take all necessary measures to close the affected fields in the Zubair district and Safwan district" in the south of the governorate.

                            For his part, a source in the Governmental Veterinary Hospital in Basra told the Anatolia correspondent, preferring not to be named, that the new focus appeared in a poultry field that includes 88,000 chickens.

                            And yesterday, Sunday, the director of the veterinary hospital in Basra Governorate, Riyad Muhammad, said in a statement to the official Iraqi News Agency, that "more than 45 thousand chickens were destroyed in a poultry field in Al-Zubair district, and there are cases of death of other poultry located in the rest of the fields in southwest Basra." Viral infections, without reference to bird flu.

                            On Sunday, the Iraqi authorities announced the execution of thousands of poultry (without specifying a specific number) in 4 governorates of Baghdad, Anbar (west), Wasit and Basra (south) as a result of virus infections, the authorities did not reveal its type.

                            And the last time to announce cases of bird flu in Iraq was in 2019, if the authorities at that time executed millions of domestic animals, in the northern and eastern governorates of the country.

                            Avian influenza, known as (H5N1), is a contagious viral disease that affects animals in general and domestic birds in particular, and causes the death of infected birds within days.

                            https://www.aa.com.tr/ar/%D8%A7%D9%8...%D9%86%D8%B2%D 8%A7-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D9%8A%D9%88%D8%B1/2266553
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